If ever I heard one – a good explanation for governmental checks and balances

Tara Ross, on Facebook. Don’t miss her on her website: Tara Ross:

On this day in 1787, the Constitutional Convention is underway. A small state delegate stands up and addresses the large state delegates in the room.

He didn’t calmly address them, either. Gunning Bedford, Jr. *blasted* this statement at his fellow delegates! Can’t you just imagine the tension in the room when he was done?

“I do not, gentlemen, trust you. If you possess the power, the abuse of it could not be checked; and what then would prevent you from exercising it to our destruction?”

This may be one of my favorite quotes from the Constitutional Convention. 🙂 It summarizes, so succinctly, the fears felt by small state citizens at that time.

How can America be self-governing, but also ensure that the large states do not constantly trample and abuse the small states? How can minority voices be free from the tyranny of emotional mobs? As you know, the Convention ultimately worked out many compromises. Our Constitution is full of many checks and balances that work as safeguards for our liberty.

Many of our Governors, Mayors, and County Judges seem more interested in one-person, executive rule during this pandemic, but a virus doesn’t trump our Constitution and our system of checks and balances.

This weekend is Independence Day. Perhaps a good time to remember that we fought to be free from monarchs in this country.

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4 Responses to If ever I heard one – a good explanation for governmental checks and balances

  1. Menagerie says:

    Sometimes it is hard not to despair, which my faith (and common sense) teaches me can be an occasion of sin. We throw away pure gold in exchange for baubles. From the time I was a small child my teachers taught me that our Constitution and our form of government was unique and one of the greatest accomplishments of mankind. Now they teach CRT.

    If only teachers had enough education and intelligence to compare themselves to teachers of years past, and see how they are but a name now, unworthy of such a noble profession. They sold themselves, and our society, to the communists. All for the Emperor’s clothes.

    You know, I just this moment, in my thoughts on this post and my comments, wonder how many of us here, fellow conservatives, stood alone in childhood, willing to say no and be different. A lot of us I’d bet. I wanted peer approval as much as the next kid, but I remember sometimes risking and getting ridicule for saying that something wasn’t right. And I was always the kid who asked questions. I’m thinking lots of liberals were not inclined to do that. Serious musings. Anyone think there may be credibility to that, or am I yet coffee deprived?

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    • stella says:

      I refused to be disciplined once in high school because I thought it was unjust. I got sent home! My daughter was the original rebel. She got into it with teachers a couple of times. My older grandson followed in that mold in elementary school.

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    • czarina33 says:

      And now the risk of ridicule has evolved to the risk of censorship via being cancelled. Most people around me (red state, religious, conservative worker types) say what they believe, which is often in conflict with the espoused “wisdom” of liberal, big city Americans. That is a form of protest, perhaps even muleishness, which will save us.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      I was a quiet stubborn. I didn’t go along just because they wanted me to, but I didn’t make a big deal out of it. I mostly ignored bullies. I taught my son not to go along. Well, that might actually not be completely true. I think it was in his genes not to. But, I have never known him to be stubborn just to be stubborn. He always has a reason when he digs in.


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